Dmitry Bivol sheds light on rematch against Canelo Alvarez: “Why not 168? no excuses anymore”

Canelo Alvarez’s winning streak came to an end last year when Dmitry Bivol defeated him with utter dominance. Yet, Alvarez wasn’t interested in seeking a rematch right away; instead, Dmitry is now interested about challenging Saul again in the summer.

On May 7, 2022, in the T-Mobile Arena in Paradise, Nevada, the United States, Canelo Alvarez lost to Dmitry Bivol. By winning the 12-round contest by unanimous decision, the Russian boxing superstar continued his unbeaten streak (115-113, 115-113, 115-113)

What did Dmitry Bivol say about fighting Canelo Alvarez in a rematch?

Alvarez could have requested a rematch after losing to Bivol in accordance with the agreement, but the Mexican boxer chose not to make the request. Bivol, who most recently competed in November of last year against Gilberto Ramirez, is now expressing interest in facing Canelo.

“What about Canelo? Canelo had the option for the rematch, but he didn’t use it. Again, now he wants to fight against somebody. I don’t know if he wants to fight me or not, but I’m not waiting.” said Bivol. 

The WBA light heavyweight champion is now even willing to lose weight in order to challenge Canelo in his preferred weight division. The Mexican boxer used this as an excuse during their first encounter as he had to raise his weight class in order to compete against Bivol.

“I have my own way. If he wants, he could fight me, but he could before. He could have fought it in May. Why not 168? If it’s 168, it’s no excuses anymore,” Bivol added. 

What does Alvarez say regarding fighting Dimitry once again? 

In order to defend his title, Saul Alvarez is currently focused on returning to his hometown. On May 6 at the Estadio Akron in Mexico City, Canelo will take on John Ryder. The Mexican boxer’s last match took place in Monumental Plaza de Toros México, Mexico City, in 2011 when he faced off against Kermit Cintron.

Nevertheless, the undisputed super middleweight champion has had a change of heart about settling his score with the Russian. In his 16-year professional boxing career, “Cinnamon” has just twice suffered defeat. So, it is highly foreseeable that the 23-year-old boxer will seek revenge on Bivol but he wants to do it 175lbs.

“It’s at the same weight [175lbs]. If I brought him down everyone would start f**king talking. Everyone is going to start f**king saying, ‘oh, but he brought him down (in weight), that’s why he lost’, but they didn’t say anything when I went up in weight, but it’s the same thing. I just want to f**k him up.” said Alvarez. 

Which division—super middleweight or light heavyweight—would you prefer for Dmitry Bivol and Saul Alvarez to square off in their rematch? Share your thoughts with us in the comment section. 

Khandaker Muntasir

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As a passionate UFC enthusiast, Khandaker Muntasir Hossain provides coverage of MMA, wrestling, and boxing on multiple platforms. With his deep knowledge of sports, he immerses readers in the excitement of various arenas, whether it's the octagon, squared circle, pitch, court, or ring. Through his writing and love for sports, he aims to motivate others to explore their own sporting interests and experience the magic that sports bring.

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